Regulation of Wine in Mexico
Director for InternationalTrade Rules, Ministry of
• General Health Law (Ley General de Salud)
• Implementing Regulations of the Federal
Health Law for safety control of products
and services (Reglamento de control
sanitario de productos y servicios)
Establish the sanitary control of all alcoholic
• Technical Regulation
Goods and services - alcoholic beverages - Safety
specifications. Safety and commercial labeling,(published in
the Official Gazette of Mexico on July 9,1997).
Oenological practices, food
additives/processing aids in Mexico.
The technical regulation NOM-142 establish the food
additives and the processing aids allowed by the Ministry
In oenological practices, the industry follow the
resolutions and recommendations of the International
Organization ofVine andWine (even now that Mexico is
not a Member of the OIV).
Labeling requirements for beverage alcohol products (beverages with
an alcohol content between 2% and 55% by volume)
Labels must include the following information,in Spanish:
Name/brand name of the product
Type of product (e.g. wine, malt beverage, etc.)
Net content (in metric units)
Country of origin
Name/company name and address of the importer
Alcohol content (followed by“% alc. vol.”)
Lot number (identification number)
Warnings (Abuse of this product is hazardous to your health),as
per Article 218 of the General Health Law
Beverages that contain aspartame must include the following
Specialty products and cocktails must include a list of ingredients,
which must be listed in a decreasing order of their percentage of the
product's total composition
Please note that the name, type, and content of the product must
be on the principal label of the product.All other information may be
placed on any other label.
Specifically for wine coolers and other similar products:
Name and address of the importer or Federal tax registry number.
Imported products must comply with labeling NOMs. The product
label can either be inspected during the import process or labeled in
an authorized or private warehouse by Inspection Accredited and
Authorized Verification Units (Unidades de Verification Autorizadas
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR IMPORT
The following is a list of the documents that must be presented in
order for the imported product to be released from the Mexican
Importation Declaration (Pedimento de Importación)
Commercial invoice -- must include issue date and place, name and
address of the consignee, detailed listing of goods (including
quantities,types, identification numbers,unit value, etc.), and name and
address of supplier
Bill of lading orAirway Bill of lading
Certificate of origin (as applicable),in order to obtain tariff
Certificate of Free Sale of the country of origin.
A sanitary import notice (aviso de importación) is not requiered for
MEXICAN STANDARDS OR NMX (VOLUNTARY)
NMX-V-012-NORMEX-2005 Alcoholic Beverages.-Wine specifications.
Alcoholic Beverages- Determination of esters, aldehydes,
methanol and higher alcohols (fuel oils) – Test methods,
published in the Official Gazette of Mexico on June 23,
Alcoholic beverages – determination of direct reducing
sugars and total sugars -Test methods, published in the
Official Gazette of Mexico on June 23, 2005.
Alcoholic beverages - Determination of alcohol content
(percentage of alcohol by volume at 293 k(20°c)(% alc.
vol.) -Test methods, published in the Official Gazette of
Mexico on June 23,2005.
Alcoholic beverages - Determination of dry extract and
ash -Test methods, published in the Official Gazette of
Mexico on June 23,2005.
Conformity Assessment Procedures
No mandatory certification process is required for wine.
The test methods are contained in the NOM-142
(Percent of alcohol by volume determination, sugar
determination, etc.) and in the standards (NMX).
The test methods are carried out by testing laboratories
accredited and approved.
The accreditation process is performed by the authorized
accreditation entity (Entidad Mexicana de Acreditación)
while the approval is granted by the relevant regulatory
NMX’s are voluntary standards and are intended to improve the
quality of goods and services.They are issued by National
Standardization Bodies and are also subject to public discussion
before being published in the DOF.
National Standardization Bodies are private entities that have
received a“registration” by the government to draft and issue NMX’s.
Representation of all sectors involved
Review every 5 years
How to develop new wine regulations,or amend
Regulatory agencies - draft NOMs,
Regulatory impact assessment (MIR),
Approved by the advisory committee on standardization, in which all
interested parties from the public and private sectors may take part.
Published in the Official Journal of the Federation for public
consultation for a period of 60 days and is notified to theWTO.
The replies to comments received as well as any amendments to the
draft are published in the same way.
A period of no less than 60 days is allowed for the entry in force of
the NOM after it has been published.
Same process for amend existing regulations.